Diary: #mbfwswim Part 1

I spent the past weekend in Miami, at the tenth anniversary of Miami Swim. The weekend was fun and very busy—lots of fashion shows, presentations, late (and amazing dinners) and even a few rain storms. I luckily managed to squeeze in some time with one of my best friends and make some new ones and, of course, see a lot of skimpy bikinis and a few Real Housewives. Here’s a roundup of the highlights from Friday (events officially started on Thursday, but this was Day 1 for me).

I've seen this chair a million times on Pinterest. What a treat to actually sit in it. #KellyWearstler

I’ve seen this chair a million times on Pinterest. What a treat to actually sit in it. #KellyWearstler

Look #1: Old Prada dress, hot pink Equipment top, Tibi slides and vintage Chanel

Look #1: Old Prada dress, hot pink Equipment top, Tibi slides and vintage Chanel

Sky-high hair at Dolores Cortes

Sky-high hair at Dolores Cortes

Peeked backstage to get a closer look at some sick Clover Canyon sandals. Pool slides never looked so femme.

Peeked backstage to get a closer look at some sick Clover Canyon sandals. Pool slides never looked so femme.

Cute one-piece at We Are Handsome

Cute one-piece at We Are Handsome

Second time at Scarpetta, first time ordering the famous spaghetti. OMG. (The octopus was pretty great too.)

Second time at Scarpetta, first time ordering the famous spaghetti. OMG. (The octopus was pretty great too.)

My Picks: Skincare

I’ve done roundups of skincare and beauty products in the past but today, I’m offering up something a little different. I had a facial last week that absolutely transformed my skin. It was dewy days later, seemed a bit more plum, and my eyes appeared lintless. All in all, I looked, somehow, brighter. It’s all thanks to a new facial at bluemercuryThe SkinCeutical Facial. The 50-minute procedure includes a minor glycolic peel (it’s pretty mild, so it’s unlike most heavy-duty peels) and layers upon layers of vitamins, antioxidants and fruit acids. There are no extractions—instead, your face is just massaged and pampered. The whole thing ends with a blast of oxygen all over your face, so your pores are clean and tight. It was seriously the best facial I’ve ever had, and I will certainly going back for another before the limited-time-only procedure expires August 31.

The cost ($95) is pretty paltry compared to the results. Book your appointments soon. Thank me later.

Here area few of my favorite Skinceuticals products, in case you’d like to attempt an at-home version of this amazing procedure.

PS. I’ll be covering Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Week starting Friday, so be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all the happenings.

Ensemble du Jour: Just Female

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I recently stumbled upon the brand Just Female and am in love with pretty much every piece. This shirt might be one of my favorites—I love a graphic tee and the grey, black and white color palette looks great with a red lip.

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 The shirt isn’t currently available online (I got mine at Marcia’s Place in Ponte Vedra), but you can shop a similar top (plus some of my favorite pieces from Just Female) below.

Ensemble du Jour: Denim & Lace

A short & sweet outfit post for ya today…. This Isabel Marant for H&M top is probably my favorite piece of the entire collection. Every time I wear it I get compliments and I love how it looks juxtaposed with a pair of perfectly shredded denim shorts. Of course, the Birkenstocks haven’t exactly left my feet for about a year now but with the 100-degree temps, they are pretty necessary.

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Ensemble du Jour: Sequins and Flowers

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I’ve had this sequined skirt for almost ten years now (a fact that makes me feel pretty old), and it’s actually much older than that. I got it at a thrift store as part of a matching set for $10 total. I’ve worn it numerous ways—as a dress (New Years Eve 2010), with heels and a plaid skirt (channeling Jenna Lyons about two years ago) and here, with birkenstocks and a distressed denim vest. It’s all about the high-low mix. PS. I got the flowers at Whole Foods… they do 2 for $5 bouquets which are pretty awesome because these have lasted for about a week and still look beautiful.

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Suit Yourself

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I’ll be going to Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Week next weekend and I am SO excited. Three straight days of fashion shows and pool parties—what could be better? A free swimsuit just might top it. I’ve partnered with Guria Beachwear to give away this super cute purple number  (which retails for $140) to one lucky Instagram follower. To enter, just: 1. follow us on Instagram: @guriabeachwear, @vchamlee and @jacksonvillemag (if you don’t follow us, we might not be able to see your entries) and 2. tag us in a pic explaining your favorite way to beat the heat in the summertime!

The contest runs until next Thursday, July 17 (at which point the lucky winner will be notified—and don’t worry, we’ll be sure they get the correct size).

If you’d rather not try your luck, the suit is available locally at Well Suited Swimwear, a boutique specializing in swimwear for all body types (plus, they don’t have that horrible florescent lighting which makes even the most flattering suit look bad). The company also provides in-home personal style consultations and  in-home fit and fashion parties (which can be arranged by calling Kara at 904.718.6371).

Ensemble du Jour: Romper Find

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I scooped up this cute Rory Beca romper at Marshall’s a few weeks ago. It’s an easy piece to dress up or down and it’s supremely comfortable in the hot weather we’ve been experiencing lately. I paired with with flat sandals and simple jewelry but I think it would also look great with strappy heels and a red lip.

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Ensemble du Jour: Denim & Camo

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Lately, I’m all about easy, wearable pieces that don’t require much attention—a comfy printed tee, loose-fitting pants and maybe a denim vest for good measure. Oh—and flats! I’m normally such a heel girl but sometimes you just gotta give your dogs a break.

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Pants: J. Crew // Tee: J. Crew // Vest: Rag & Bone // Shoes: Miu Miu // Ear Cuff & Rings: Rue Gembon // Bag: vintage Chanel

Ensemble du Jour: Bustier

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I love juxtaposition in everything, including housewares (sheepskin mixed with lucite, wood mixed with fine china) and fashion. This is my interpretation of a fancy-on top, casual-on-the-bottom sort of look—one that works for cocktails or a nice dinner out. This bustier is pretty amazing (despite the fact that I can’t exactly breathe when I wear it) and I can’t wait to pair it with something simple, like a black pencil skirt. 

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Bustier: Cameo (this strapless version is also great) // Jeans: Ralph Lauren (similar) // Heels: Tibi (similar) // Raffia Clutch: vintage (similar)